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1000 sq ft out building with basement

May 22, 2017, 8:02 pm

Looking to build around a 1000 sq ft building just open layout but would want electricity to it. Also 9-11ft basement. (Shelter) what are the options out there can i go polebarn route? Or what wo... Read more »

apartment units VS parking spaces, question

May 1, 2017, 12:55 pm

I'm just curious, is anyone on here familiar with the local codes in their city as to how many parking spaces the city/township/municipality requires per unit in an apartment building? In the smal... Read more »

Form material for interior topping slab

April 28, 2017, 1:03 pm

Placing a ~3.5 topping slab to elevate a garage floor up to the house's sl ab grade on a remodel. We cut 6 wide strips of 1/8 Masonite to act as a perimeter form to set our screed lines. Wall stu... Read more »

Dropped a screwdriver down the toilet drain

April 22, 2017, 9:44 pm

I drop a screwdriver down a toilet drain. The drain is cast iron and straight down about 8 ft and then does a 90. The driver is laying at the 90 and I can just see the handle but none of the metal pa... Read more »

Reinforcing 2x6 attic joists above 2nd for conversion to 3rd floor living s...

April 22, 2017, 5:43 am

Seeing if anyone can help, I just bought a house built in 1908. Half of the attic was a finished with plastered and deteriorated over the years due to a leaky roof, the other half of the attic wa... Read more »

outdoor tankless water heater

March 31, 2017, 3:22 am

Are outdoor tankless water heaters allowed on a zero lot line wall? I know windows are not allowed, but a neighbor just installed a tankless heater on the outside wall. Read more »

load bearing wall with single top plate

December 12, 2016, 6:58 pm

Can an existing partition wall with a single top plate be used as a load bearing wall if strengthened? I was considering inserting 2x4 blocking between each stud (studs are 16 o.c.) and nailing them... Read more »

3/4" clean stone

November 2, 2016, 2:03 pm

How much does 1 yard of 3/4 clean stone weigh? Read more »

Suggestions? House Exterior Covering

October 23, 2016, 5:20 pm or What's a cheap way to make the exterior... Read more »

Bathtub problem, Please help

April 12, 2016, 11:56 pm

Ok question bout bath tubs. I live in a mobile home & I want to replace my corner garden tub with a regural tub( really want one with jets). My tub size is 52 3/4 by 52/ 34 16 deep. Where can I find... Read more »

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making a custom soffit intake vent rating: 5

I am considering soffit vent options for aesthetics and to satisfy air intake recomendations. The number of existing 8x16 soffit vent openings are insufficient based on the 1/150 ratio recommendatio... Read more »

FLorida Codes? rating: 5

I am a mason of over two decades that has recently purchased a home in Port Richey, FL. Soon after moving into the home I noticed termites had all but eaten the frame of a garage door (the tin door... Read more »

tennis court construction and funky shape of tennis net post footing rating: 5

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I'm making a home tennis court out of an asphalt paved area. I've already bought the net and posts. The specified concrete footing for each tennis net post is a 30 square at the bottom, tapering up... Read more »

Water Heater Vent rating: 5

My plumber assured me that a vent made of 4 PVC running out through the roof would be sufficient to vent a tankless hot water heater and a furnace in my 1700 square foot home. The plumber has sinc... Read more »

Patio Roof Beam, Post and Pier Size rating: 5

I'm considering putting in a patio roof attached to the house. It will have typical composition shingles to match the existing roof. I'm just doing some background investigation on costs, feasib... Read more »

Stair stringer layout help rating: 5

There is a stair stringer layout tool for the iPad that makes cutting stringers simple and easy called StairBuilderPro. It is unlike any other layout tool/guide in that no framing square or angle g... Read more »

Does an attic fan need an override switch for a smoke alarm? rating: 5

I wanted to install an vent fan to cool down the attic. This is 100% attic air. No air sucked in from the living space. The house is in Massachussetts. Contractor says this fan needs an automatic s... Read more »

Adding foundation wall to an existing slab rating: 5

Hi! I have an old garage that we're converting to a shed. We took out the ramped concrete and the front wall (which was mostly a non-functioning garage door!) As built, the walls sit on the slab onl... Read more »

Two 15 amp breakers Vs 15 amp double pole rating: 5

Question: I have a well pump conected to one of those breaker that have 2 15 amp on the outside and 2 15 amp in the centre but connected together with a small metal rod, So they both move at the same... Read more »

Exterior Siding on Reddiform ICF rating: 5

I am looking for options for siding on ICF forms. These are solid foam with no nailers on them. Do any of you have any info for me? We are looking at some type of rock which may be cultured or not. ... Read more » is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.